SyrupCast Podcast Ep.128: Smartphone dreams die at Wonderland



  • Ian

    I dropped my Nokia 3590 “chocolate bar” in a snowbank one night in early 2003. It was there for a good 2 or 3 hours. I found it by calling it from a landline, picked it up, wiped off the snow and worked fine for another year before I was eligible to trade “up” for a Nokia 6101 flip.

    • That’s pretty awesome. Thanks for sharing your story!

    • Ian

      You’re welcome!

  • danakin

    On this episode, we were graced with host Igor, Rose, Zach, and Patrick.

    The show kicked off with a discussion on the recent rate hike. The quartet did well to cover relevant background information and talk through the impact this, and other billing follies, have on consumers. I enjoyed how Igor ably connected the talking points and had everyone contributing opinions and relevant personal insight. This is a topic that can easily devolve into a hate-fest against carriers. Not to say a solid amount of vitriol is unfounded; it’s simply a more informative and mature listen when the subject is tackled the way it was here. Yes Igor, it went longer than expected but it was well worth it.

    Favourite phones was up next; a well executed pivot the first segment’s gloomy subject matter. Nice touch to include reader/listener submissions. A fun jaunt down memory lane and a nice way to engage the podcast round-table in unscripted banter.

    This was a show that could easily have been crushed by the weight of the gloomy news that kicked things off. The team was able to turn it into an informative podcast that included a much-needed fun factor.

    This week’s show gets a 8.5 SMSPR (Subjective MobileSyrup Podcast Review) score. This week’s DCS (Dopey Comment Score) is: 1 courtesy of Rose Mold and her repeated scatological ARPU utterings. Mildly comical on first usage; far less effective and lame on its second pass. I have a hard time imagining Teddy, from last week’s episode, downgrading his professionalism this way.

  • Waleeed Aly

    Is that the Key Wun?

  • Bill___A

    I also remember getting 30 minutes a month and having to pay long distance charges if I drove 10 minutes out of town, and not having data. We have some things better and some things are annoying. The big difference for me, anyway, is the huge reduction in the need for voice – and the big increases in the need for data. The big thing about data is, if we didn’t have video and movies, data overages wouldn’t be such an issue for many……Rogers did put up the overage fee, so did Bell. I would like it to go back to $15 a gigabyte, it isn’t perfect, but far preferable to $70